History Main / VirtualRealityInterrogation

22nd Feb '16 7:59:19 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In ''Comicbook/ThePunisher2099'', Jake has captured Multi-Fractor, the underboss of his archnemesis Fearmaster. He puts him under a nasty look contraption with various blades in an attempt to pump him for more information on Fearmaster. After Jake gets what he wants, the machine disappears. It turns out that Jake was using his virtual reality room to interrogate Multi-Fractor.

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* In ''Comicbook/ThePunisher2099'', ''ComicBook/ThePunisher2099'', Jake has captured Multi-Fractor, the underboss of his archnemesis Fearmaster. He puts him under a nasty look contraption with various blades in an attempt to pump him for more information on Fearmaster. After Jake gets what he wants, the machine disappears. It turns out that Jake was using his virtual reality room to interrogate Multi-Fractor.



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* ''{{Series/Alias}}'': Sidney's father suffered from a TapOnTheHead and now thinks he's back in the 1970s with his wife and young daughter. So Sidney has to pretend to be her own mother, married to her father, in order to get her father to give up some secret codes.
** To make it extra-uncomfortable, her father, thinking she's his wife, tries to make out with her.
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* ''{{Series/Alias}}'': ''Series/{{Alias}}'': Sidney's father suffered from a TapOnTheHead and now thinks he's back in the 1970s with his wife and young daughter. So Sidney has to pretend to be her own mother, married to her father, in order to get her father to give up some secret codes.
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codes. To make it extra-uncomfortable, her father, thinking she's his wife, tries to make out with her.
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' ''Series/ThePrisoner'':



* Much loved by ''Series/MissionImpossible''.

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* %%* Much loved by ''Series/MissionImpossible''.



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* This is commonly employed by various governments and covert entities in ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase''. In a setting where one's consciousness can be [[BrainUploading virtualized]], [[BodyBackupDrive backed up]], and [[MesACrowd forked]], it is a relatively simple matter to capture a backup of an individual's mind and interrogate them in a simulspace... [[FridgeHorror possibly repeatedly]], resetting them to their [[LaserGuidedAmnesia original state]] each time.
** It's also commonly used as a form of incarceration. No risk of escape, considerable savings on housing them, and TimeDilation allows a prisoner to serve a six-year sentence in one year. The more benevolent leaning factions use it to rehabilitate criminals instead.

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* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'':
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This is commonly employed by various governments and covert entities in ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase''.entities. In a setting where one's consciousness can be [[BrainUploading virtualized]], [[BodyBackupDrive backed up]], and [[MesACrowd forked]], it is a relatively simple matter to capture a backup of an individual's mind and interrogate them in a simulspace... [[FridgeHorror possibly repeatedly]], resetting them to their [[LaserGuidedAmnesia original state]] each time.
** It's also commonly used as a form of incarceration. No risk of escape, considerable savings on housing them, and TimeDilation allows a prisoner to serve a six-year sentence in one year. The more benevolent leaning benevolent-leaning factions use it to rehabilitate criminals instead.



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--> ''Petey: "Well, the simulation has him thinking along the righ track."''

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--> ''Petey: "Well, -->'''Petey:'' Well, the simulation has him thinking along the righ track."''



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30th Jan '16 12:06:30 PM StFan
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* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', after a prolonged period of torturing ([[GoryDiscretionShot off-screen]]) for information without success, Captain America's Skrull captors have his next interrogation "interrupted" by a rescue by the other Avengers (actually shapeshifted Skrull). It doesn't work though, as Captain America sees through it immediately.

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* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', after a prolonged period of torturing ([[GoryDiscretionShot off-screen]]) for information without success, Captain America's Skrull captors have his next interrogation "interrupted" by a rescue by the other Avengers (actually shapeshifted Skrull). It doesn't work though, as Captain America sees through it immediately.
22nd Jan '16 8:33:55 AM Totema
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Inquisition", Section 31 tries to probe Doctor Bashir for possible disloyal behavior by secretly slipping him in a holodeck simulation in which prominent members of the Dominion try to convince him that he's a ManchurianAgent and actually unsuspectingly working for them. It doesn't work and Doctor Bashir remains loyal to the Federation, despite all the mounting "evidence" to suggest otherwise, and in doing so impresses Section 31 so much that they later turn to him for some of their own covert ops.
17th Nov '15 9:08:18 AM SteveMB
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* At the end of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', Cap thinks that this is happening when he realizes that the baseball game supposedly playing on the radio is one he'd already watched. He breaks out and discovers the truth -- it's an inverted FakedRipVanWinkle intended to protect him from the shock of [[FishOutOfTemporalWater finding himself in the twenty-first century]].
31st Oct '15 7:07:41 AM Omeganian
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* ''Literature:JudgeDee'' once had a prisoer who refused to talk even after torture, so he had his henchmen put on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ox-Head_and_Horse-Face bull and horse masks,]] making the suspect think she was facing the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yama_(East_Asia) judge of the dead]] (the Judge's resemblance to the Yama is repeatedly noted throughout the series), finally getting her to confess.

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* ''Literature:JudgeDee'' ''Literature/JudgeDee'' once had a prisoer prisoner who refused to talk even after torture, so he had his henchmen put on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ox-Head_and_Horse-Face bull and horse masks,]] making the suspect think she was facing the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yama_(East_Asia) judge of the dead]] (the Judge's resemblance to the Yama is repeatedly noted throughout the series), finally getting her to confess.
30th Oct '15 3:37:58 PM Specialist290
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* In ''[[Creator/ArthurCClarke The City and the Stars]]'', the heroes are questioning a robot which must keep silent until the end of time. The MasterComputer simulates just that.

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* In ''[[Creator/ArthurCClarke The City and the Stars]]'', ''Literature/TheCityAndTheStars'', the heroes are questioning a robot which must keep silent until the end of time. The MasterComputer simulates just that.
24th Aug '15 2:57:28 AM Chabal2
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* ''Literature:JudgeDee'' once had a prisoer who refused to talk even after torture, so he had his henchmen put on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ox-Head_and_Horse-Face bull and horse masks,]] making the suspect think she was facing the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yama_(East_Asia) judge of the dead]] (the Judge's resemblance to the Yama is repeatedly noted throughout the series), finally getting her to confess.
3rd Aug '15 10:35:18 AM Cryoclaste
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* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4472109/1/CyberTech_War_of_the_Worlds CyberTech: War of the Worlds]], [[RonTheDeathEater Dumbledore]] is captured by the good guys, manages to escape the prison, and, once he gets into Hogwarts, tells Snape to recover some prisoners from the Headquarters. Snape replies he can't get them all by himself, so Albus is forced to give Flitwick the location as well. Cue the illusion dissolving...

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* In [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4472109/1/CyberTech_War_of_the_Worlds CyberTech: War of the Worlds]], Worlds]]'', [[RonTheDeathEater Dumbledore]] is captured by the good guys, manages to escape the prison, and, once he gets into Hogwarts, tells Snape to recover some prisoners from the Headquarters. Snape replies he can't get them all by himself, so Albus is forced to give Flitwick the location as well. Cue the illusion dissolving...



* The 1965 film ''[[ThirtySixHours 36 Hours]]'', in which German agents use a FakedRipVanWinkle on an American officer in an attempt to learn the details of the upcoming D-Day operation.

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* The 1965 film ''[[ThirtySixHours ''[[Film/ThirtySixHours 36 Hours]]'', in which German agents use a FakedRipVanWinkle on an American officer in an attempt to learn the details of the upcoming D-Day operation.



* In Literature/TheStarsMyDestination, there is an attempt to get information from the protagonist by simulating for him [[LotusEaterMachine a reality where he is rich and happy]], and his adventures are AllJustADream. He spots AGlitchInTheMatrix (his own reflection) right before talking.
* In [[ArthurCClarke The City and the Stars]], the heroes are questioning a robot which must keep silent until the end of time. The MasterComputer simulates just that.
* In Literature/TheIcewindDaleTrilogy, Bruenor is given a potion to drive him back into his childhood, and make him remember the location of his lost homeland. When he cannot tell it because it is secret, Drizzt enhances the illusion by pretending to be an ally coming with an army to help Bruenor. Unlike most examples, the whole thing was actually ''Bruenor's'' idea rather than an enemy's.
* Subverted in the {{Shadowrun}} novel ''Shadowplay'', where the virtual reality used against the female protagonist just simulates plain old physical torture and rape. But when rescued, she initially ''fears'' it may be this trope (though she only expects it to be a HopeSpot and then back to torture, rather than a sneaky interrogation).
* The Sobornost in ''TheQuantumThief'' have turned this trope into an art form. Whenever they need to extract information from a gogol (an uploaded mind), they simply make a backup and then subject it to wide variety of painful and pleasurable experiences in the matter of microseconds, and if it breaks down they make another copy and try again with new variation until they get the desired results. It's the most sophisticated form of MindRape imaginable.
* In ''AlteredCarbon'' Takeshi Kovacs is subjected to a virtual reality where he is sleeved in a female body and raped violently and repeatedly numerous times, however he recognizes the simulation from his time putting down a rebellion on an Islamic planet. And later he shows one of his interrogators the program they used on the insurrectionists, it cuts out after several doppelgangers materialize.
** Inverted in the follow-up novel, ''Broken Angels', where Takeshi makes it perfectly clear that the man is in a virtual software room. He then informs him that, if the man doesnt tell him what he wants to know, he will just leave him there with his stack plugged into the self-powered VR device. In a construct designed as little more than a very short term holding area, i.e. nothing happened, no other people are programmed in. Alone. For the relative centuries that the battery would keep the simulation running for. Worse than any other interrogation technique, really.

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* In Literature/TheStarsMyDestination, ''Literature/TheStarsMyDestination'', there is an attempt to get information from the protagonist by simulating for him [[LotusEaterMachine a reality where he is rich and happy]], and his adventures are AllJustADream. He spots AGlitchInTheMatrix (his own reflection) right before talking.
* In [[ArthurCClarke ''[[Creator/ArthurCClarke The City and the Stars]], Stars]]'', the heroes are questioning a robot which must keep silent until the end of time. The MasterComputer simulates just that.
* In Literature/TheIcewindDaleTrilogy, ''Literature/TheIcewindDaleTrilogy'', Bruenor is given a potion to drive him back into his childhood, and make him remember the location of his lost homeland. When he cannot tell it because it is secret, Drizzt enhances the illusion by pretending to be an ally coming with an army to help Bruenor. Unlike most examples, the whole thing was actually ''Bruenor's'' idea rather than an enemy's.
* Subverted in the {{Shadowrun}} TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} novel ''Shadowplay'', where the virtual reality used against the female protagonist just simulates plain old physical torture and rape. But when rescued, she initially ''fears'' it may be this trope (though she only expects it to be a HopeSpot and then back to torture, rather than a sneaky interrogation).
* The Sobornost in ''TheQuantumThief'' ''Literature/TheQuantumThief'' have turned this trope into an art form. Whenever they need to extract information from a gogol (an uploaded mind), they simply make a backup and then subject it to wide variety of painful and pleasurable experiences in the matter of microseconds, and if it breaks down they make another copy and try again with new variation until they get the desired results. It's the most sophisticated form of MindRape imaginable.
* In ''AlteredCarbon'' ''Literature/AlteredCarbon'' Takeshi Kovacs is subjected to a virtual reality where he is sleeved in a female body and raped violently and repeatedly numerous times, however he recognizes the simulation from his time putting down a rebellion on an Islamic planet. And later he shows one of his interrogators the program they used on the insurrectionists, it cuts out after several doppelgangers materialize.
** Inverted in the follow-up novel, ''Broken Angels', Angels'', where Takeshi makes it perfectly clear that the man is in a virtual software room. He then informs him that, if the man doesnt tell him what he wants to know, he will just leave him there with his stack plugged into the self-powered VR device. In a construct designed as little more than a very short term holding area, i.e. nothing happened, no other people are programmed in. Alone. For the relative centuries that the battery would keep the simulation running for. Worse than any other interrogation technique, really.



* In one episode of {{VIP}}, Val and Tasha are kidnapped and drugged after they hide a witness in a safehouse. In order to make them reveal the secret, the villain attempts to convince them they've been comatose for 40 years.
* There was an episode of {{Galidor}} where one of Gorm's minions created a virtual reality simulation of Allegra's bedroom to convince her it was AllJustADream, and get her to talk about her adventures. Nick managed to break the illusion before she revealed any dangerous information.

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* In one episode of {{VIP}}, ''Series/{{VIP}}'', Val and Tasha are kidnapped and drugged after they hide a witness in a safehouse. In order to make them reveal the secret, the villain attempts to convince them they've been comatose for 40 years.
* There was an episode of {{Galidor}} ''Series/{{Galidor}}'' where one of Gorm's minions created a virtual reality simulation of Allegra's bedroom to convince her it was AllJustADream, and get her to talk about her adventures. Nick managed to break the illusion before she revealed any dangerous information.



* ''TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'': "Sole Survivor", where Joe wakes up in a hospital room with no clue where he is or how he got there, only to be told that he's not only been in a coma for a year, but that his father and brother are dead. Cue fake newspapers, fake newscasts, and forged letters from all his surviving relatives and friends. Of course, Frank and Fenton are very much alive, and the whole thing is a MindScrew to get Joe to reveal information on a defection attempt.

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* ''TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'': ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'': "Sole Survivor", where Joe wakes up in a hospital room with no clue where he is or how he got there, only to be told that he's not only been in a coma for a year, but that his father and brother are dead. Cue fake newspapers, fake newscasts, and forged letters from all his surviving relatives and friends. Of course, Frank and Fenton are very much alive, and the whole thing is a MindScrew to get Joe to reveal information on a defection attempt.



* ''ThePrisoner''

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* ''ThePrisoner'' ''Series/ThePrisoner''



* There's a scene in ''VagrantStory'' where Guildenstern is interrogating Hardin about the nature of the Gran Grimoire, when suddenly the room turns monochrome, everyone in the room except Hardin vanishes, and Hardin's mentor, Sydney, is standing in front of him. Convinced that his mentor has somehow teleported him to safety, Hardin freely tells Sydney everything he knows... only to realise too late that he's still talking to Guildenstern, who has disguised himself with an illusion.

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* There's a scene in ''VagrantStory'' ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' where Guildenstern is interrogating Hardin about the nature of the Gran Grimoire, when suddenly the room turns monochrome, everyone in the room except Hardin vanishes, and Hardin's mentor, Sydney, is standing in front of him. Convinced that his mentor has somehow teleported him to safety, Hardin freely tells Sydney everything he knows... only to realise too late that he's still talking to Guildenstern, who has disguised himself with an illusion.



* In the 11th episode of WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries, the heroes need to get a code for an ancient CoolGate from a prisoner. First, he gives them a code. Then, the bad guys capture them, and he gives them another code. Then, he is released, flies away, gets to the gate, and uses a ''third'' code (that one works). Then, the ProperlyParanoid heroes remove his VR helmet.

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* In the 11th episode of WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries, ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'', the heroes need to get a code for an ancient CoolGate from a prisoner. First, he gives them a code. Then, the bad guys capture them, and he gives them another code. Then, he is released, flies away, gets to the gate, and uses a ''third'' code (that one works). Then, the ProperlyParanoid heroes remove his VR helmet.



* An episode of ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' uses the FakedRipVanWinkle varient; he's convinced a NegativeSpaceWedgie transported him into the future and destroyed Zerg. In reality, the "mueseum pieces" are his actual armour, the kids he's telling stories (and weaknesses) to are robots and Zerg is alive, well and showing Buzz's captive crew the whole setup to taunt them.

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* An episode of ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' uses the FakedRipVanWinkle varient; he's convinced a NegativeSpaceWedgie transported him into the future and destroyed Zerg. In reality, the "mueseum pieces" are his actual armour, the kids he's telling stories (and weaknesses) to are robots and Zerg is alive, well and showing Buzz's captive crew the whole setup to taunt them.
1st Aug '15 4:56:06 PM Quanyails
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* '''"[[Recap/LupinIIIS2E3 To Be or Nazi Be]]"''': An episode of the Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket series had the gang capture an old German soldier and convince him he was back in the war, with Hitler himself wanting to know where he had hidden the treasures he had been entrusted with. As soon as he squeals, "Hitler" turns out to be Lupin [[LatexPerfection in disguise]], and the whole base is a movie set.

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* '''"[[Recap/LupinIIIS2E3 "[[Recap/LupinIIIS2E3 To Be or Nazi Be]]"''': Be]]": An episode of the Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' series had the gang capture an old German soldier and convince him he was back in the war, with Hitler himself wanting to know where he had hidden the treasures he had been entrusted with. As soon as he squeals, "Hitler" turns out to be Lupin [[LatexPerfection in disguise]], and the whole base is a movie set.
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